Baby Names 2012: 12 Hottest Trends

Baby names 2012 promise revolutionary new directions in the continuing and escalating search for meaning coupled with originality. That can be a hard bill to fill when it comes to baby names, pushing parents in 2012  to look to some fresh sources and create names that have never been heard before.

Every year, it seems, people become more aware of the power of names.  And yet names are still free and universal, which increases the pressure to find that one perfect name that defines and encapsulates all your hopes and dreams for your child.

Here, the 12 hottest trends for Baby Names 2012.

Name Trend Ready to Jump the Shark: The -ley names

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We liked Hadley, name of Hemingway’s sympathetic first wife. And Huxley, Ridley, and Radley, as in Aldous, Scott, and Boo, were all intriguing. But the trend toward tacking an -ley onto the end of a wide range of first syllables and calling it a name -- Brinley, Kinley, Finley, endlessly -- became so pandemic so quickly that we are ready to declare it over, already.

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